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RPO "Rys" (up) and RPO-A "Shmel" (down)
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|In service||Since 1975|
|Wars||Soviet–Afghan War |
First Chechen War
|Mass||3.2 kg - Launcher (empty) |
9.4 kg - Cartridge
12.6 kg - Loaded
|Length||500 mm - Unloaded |
1440 mm - Loaded
|Rate of fire||1 rpm|
|Muzzle velocity||125 m/s|
|Effective firing range||190 m|
|Maximum firing range||400 m|
RPO "Rys"  (Russian: реактивный пехотный огнемёт «Рысь» (РПО «Рысь»), Rocket-propelled Infantry Flamethrower "Lynx") is a napalm rocket-propelled grenade launcher classified as flamethrower by Russian military. The RPO had first entered service in 1975 and it was intended to replace the obsolete LPO-50 flamethrowers. Later it was replaced by the RPO-A Shmel.
The RPO Rys shares some parts with RPG-16, like the firing mechanism. It also resembles RPG-29 and can be mistaken for it. The weapos is breech loaded with capsuled, solid propellant, napalm filled rockets. The rockets are filled with 4 liters of napalm and have muzzle velocity of around 125 m/s with effective range of 190 meters. The RPO also has a bipod for stability and maximum sighting range of 400 meters.
- RPO Rys Retrieved 4 July 2018.
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